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PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT

Community Colleges of Spokane values the college-level knowledge students may have acquired outside the traditional college classroom. You may have acquired this knowledge through your past work, independent reading and study, training programs or in-service courses, volunteer service, cultural or artistic pursuits, hobbies and recreational pastimes, community or religious activities, organizational memberships, adult education, non-credit courses, study abroad, military training not evaluated for credit by ACE, or other experiences.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) enables you to articulate this knowledge and potentially earn credit for it. Methods for evaluating prior learning include Advanced Placement examination (AP); Armed Forces-Military Education and Experience evaluation (ACE); Articulation; Challenge examinations; College Level Examination Program (CLEP); DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST); Industry Training, Certifications and Licensures evaluation; International Baccalaureate examination (IB); and Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio evaluation.

Students who have been accepted to attend SCC, SFCC or the off-campus centers, are eligible for prior learning assessment consideration. No assurances of the number of credits awarded can be made prior to CCS review. While evaluation may occur before starting coursework, credit will be granted only once the student has completed 10-quarter credits in residence at CCS.

The student may request additional information at pla@ccs.spokane.edu.

Prior Learning Credit Awards

  • Are subject to departmental approval.
  • May be used to meet appropriate graduation requirements.
  • Do not count toward the residence credit requirement.
  • Will not satisfy credit load requirements for the purposes of veterans benefit program funding or any other student financial assistance program.
  • May be granted for prior learning/experiential learning following completion of a portfolio class and/or evaluation of the prior learning/experiential learning.
  • Must be obtained using methods approved by the appropriate department chair or designated department faculty member in the discipline for which credit is sought.
  • Must not exceed 25% of the credits needed for a degree and may be further limited by specific degree requirements if the credit is for prior experiential learning.
  • Will be identified as credit for prior learning on student transcripts without guarantee of any subsequent transfer.

Process and Fees

Students complete the Application for Prior Learning Assessment form. For some prior learning assessment, there is a nonrefundable fee payable in advance at the Cashier’s Office. No fee is required for credit awarded through AP, Articulation, CLEP, DSST, IB, or military education.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAM

Credit for minimum scores on the following Advanced Placement examinations given by the College Board is awarded upon receipt of official score reports. Official scores reports should be submitted to the Transcript Office of SCC, SFCC, or the off-campus centers. AP credit awards will not be granted if the student is currently enrolled in or has successfully completed or earned credit for the course.

AP
Examination
AP
Score
SCC/SFCC
Course
Credits
ART
Art: Studio (Drawing)5ART 1014
Art 2D Design4,5ART 1055
Art 3D Design4,5ART 1064
Art History4,5ART& 1005
COMPUTER SCIENCE
Computer Science A3,4,5CS& 1415
ECONOMICS
Economics (Macro)4,5ECON& 2025
Economics (Micro)4,5ECON& 2015
Economics (Macro AND Micro)3ECON 1005
ENGLISH
English Lang/Comp3,4,5ENGL& 1015
English Lit/Comp3,4,5ENGL& 101, 11110
FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Chinese Language3,4,5CHIN& 121, 122, 12315
French Language3FRCH& 121, 122, 12315
 4,5FRCH& 221, 222, 223 15
Japanese Language3JAPN& 121, 122, 12315
 4,5JAPN& 221, 222, 22315
Spanish Language3SPAN& 121, 122, 12315
 4,5SPAN& 221, 222, 22315
GEOGRAPHY
Geography3,4,5GEOG 1015
HISTORY
History – European3HIST& 1165
 4HIST& 116, 11710
 5HIST& 116, 117, 11815
History – U. S.3HIST& 1365
 4,5HIST& 136, 13710
History-World3HIST 106 OR HIST 1075
MATHEMATICS
Calculus AB4,5MATH& 1515
Calculus BC3MATH& 1515
 4,5MATH& 151, 15210
Statistics3,4,5MATH 2215
MUSIC
Music Theory4MUSC& 141, 142, 14315
 5MUSC& 141, 142, 143, 241, 242 25
SCIENCE
Biology3BIOL& 1605
 4,5BIOL& 1605
  OR BIOL& 221, 222, 22315
Chemistry3CHEM& 1615
 4CHEM& 161, 16210
 5CHEM& 161, 162, 16315
Environmental Science3,4,5ENVS& 1015
Physics – B or C3PHYS 1015
 4PHYS 101, 10210
 5PHYS 101, 102, 10315
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Government & Politics
(American or Comparative)
3,4,5POLS& 2025
Psychology3,4,5PSYC& 1005

COLLEGE LEVEL EXAMINATION PROGRAM (CLEP)

Community Colleges of Spokane will award credit for the following CLEP examinations with a minimum score of 50 or above as crosswalked below.

CLEP
Examination
CLEP
Score
SCC/SFCC
Course
Credits
BUSINESS
Financial Accounting50ACCT& 2015
Info Systems and Computer Applications50CIS 110 OR CS 1015
Introductory Business Law50BUS& 2015
Principles of Marketing50MMGT 2115
COMPOSITION & LITERATURE
English Composition50APLED 1214
HISTORY & SOCIAL SCIENCES
American Government50POLS& 2025
American History I50HIST& 1375
American History II50HIST& 1375
Human Growth and Development50PSYC& 2005
Introductory Psychology50PSYC& 1005
Intro to Macroeconomics50ECON& 2025
Intro to Microeconomics50ECON& 2015
Introductory Sociology50SOC& 1015
Western Civilization I50HIST& 1165
Western Civilization II50HIST& 1185
MATHEMATICS
Calculus50MATH& 1515
College Algebra50MATH 1083
  OR APLED 1125
Pre-calculus50MATH& 1415
WORLD LANGUAGES
French – Level 150FRCH& 1225
French – Level 259FRCH& 122, 12310
Spanish – Level 150SPAN& 1225
Spanish – Level 263SPAN& 122, 12310

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB)

Community Colleges of Spokane will award credit for the following Higher Level International Baccalaureate examinations with a minimum score of 4 or better as crosswalked below.

IB Examination
(higher level)
IB
Score
SCC/SFCC
Course
Credits
Art/Design4ART 1055
Biology4BIOL& 221, 222, 22315
Chemistry4CHEM& 1215
Economics4ECON& 201, 20210
English A14ENGL& 1015
French5FRCH& 2215
 6FRCH& 221, 22210
 7FRCH& 221, 222, 22315
History4HIST& 1185
History of the Americas4HIST& 1375
History of Europe4HIST& 1185
Mathematics4MATH& 141, 14210
Music4MUSC& 1055
Philosophy4PHIL& 1015
Physics4PHYS 101, 102, 10315
Psychology4PSYC& 1005
Social Anthropology4ANTH& 100, 20610
Spanish5SPAN& 1215
 6SPAN& 121, 12210
 7SPAN& 121, 122, 12315
Theatre Arts4DRMA& 1015

ARMED FORCES–MILITARY EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

The Armed Forces of the United States provide military personnel with a great variety of educational opportunities through formal service school training programs and off-duty educational activities. Upon departmental approval, credit may be granted for satisfactory completion of the following when it is specific and applicable to the student’s program or degree:

  • Military service including basic training.
  • Military service schools in the amount recommended by the American Council of Education (ACE) in the publication, "Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Forces."
  • United States Armed Forces Institute correspondence courses.
  • DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs) using the minimum score and credit amount based on ACE credit recommendations.
  • Portfolio Assessment

CHALLENGE EXAMINATIONS

Students who wish to apply for a course challenge must be interviewed and approved through the instructional department. A course may not be challenged if the student is currently enrolled in, has previously earned credit in, or has previously audited the CCS course. Not all courses are available for challenge. Not all departments offer challenge exams.

INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSURES

Individuals who have completed training through non-degree awarding agencies or institutions may apply for evaluation for credit. Examples include recognized nursing and fire service training, law enforcement/corrections, or fire science academies and other certifications or licenses. Official documentation of training or licensure is required. All certifications or licenses must be current and valid, and training must be documented with ACE National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training. If training is not documented with ACE, students should apply for credit using the PLA Portfolio and/or Challenge Examination methods. Credit awards are subject to departmental approval.

PRIOR LEARNING ASSESSMENT (PLA) PORTFOLIO

Students who wish to pursue credit by PLA Portfolio must enroll in and successfully complete a portfolio class (GENST 105). Students should have justification for their requests, such as a high school or college transcripts or detailed resumes and other pertinent documentation, prior to enrolling in the course. Normal credit charges apply for the portfolio course and a prior learning portfolio assessment fee will be charged upon portfolio course completion for prior learning credit awarded.

A PLA Portfolio is detailed documentation illustrating what students have been taught and successfully mastered. The required documentation varies from course to course, but may include samples of work, an essay explaining students’ experiences and knowledge, or certificates showing successful completion of workshops or seminars.

In the portfolio class, faculty and staff members will help determine which courses are the best fit for the students’ skills and will help develop student portfolios. The completed portfolio will be reviewed to determine what credit can be awarded. Once the number of credits attempted is determined, students must pay the appropriate Prior Learning Portfolio Assessment fee. Payment of fees is nonrefundable and does not guarantee award of credit.

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